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The Obedience of Faith

“…we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations…” Romans 1:5 “…but [the gospel] has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about […]

2015 Members Meeting

  For the members of Redeemer Church who weren’t able to make it to our annual Members Meeting, we wanted to fill you in on some of the business that we discussed Sunday evening. Eric opened the meeting with prayer, and then gave a brief update on Linda Thompson. If you were at the service […]

Double Grace

John Calvin used the Latin term “duplex gratia” to describe the tension we often run into when we talk about the doctrines of justification and sanctification (John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 3.11.1).  Translated “double grace” or “twofold benefit,” this term points to a picture that can help us wrestle with a fundamental theological […]

Predestination as Adoption

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as […]

Competing Accounts

“And you murmured in your tents and said, ‘Because the Lord hated us he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to give us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us. Where are we going up? Our brothers have made our hearts melt, saying, ‘The people are greater and taller than […]

The Gospel According to Abraham: A Wife for His Son

This past Sunday we continued our series through Genesis, looking at the life of Abraham and asking, “What can we learn about God’s work in the gospel here?” Our text was Genesis 24, the longest chapter in the book of Genesis. In this chapter, we see Abraham attempting his last great act of faith: finding […]

The Prayer of Palm Sunday

The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!”  Matthew 21:9 Let me invite you to consider the shout of the crowd on Palm Sunday.  By the end of the week, […]

Ministry in Community

“And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.” Mark 2:3 An old pastor and friend of mine loved to use the story of the paralytic man as an illustration of ministry in community. Mark tells us that five men came to see Jesus although only four of them walked. The fifth […]

The Cost of Ministry

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31—34 In this passage Jesus is opening a window for Peter.  Peter hears a call to strengthen his […]

A Prayer of Ephesians 3

I praise you, Father, that you have made us gentiles to be fellow heirs with your people, and fellow members of the body of Christ, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.  You have given us fellowship through the good news of your Son’s death and resurrection. Father, let all the aspects of […]